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What Is The Prescription Monitoring Program?

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The federal Controlled Substances Act went into effect in the United States in 1970. The statute established a framework for the lawful prescribing and dispensing of controlled substances. The law also outlines the criteria that make a prescription for a controlled substance a legal prescription. The law describes how a…

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What Is A Kickback?

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Healthcare providers in the state of Texas may not make any payments of any kind to encourage or to solicit referrals for medical services that are paid by federal healthcare programs including Medicare, Medicaid, and any other healthcare program paid for with federal funds. If healthcare providers make any payment…

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5 Ways To Lose Your Medical License

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In 1999, lawmakers in Texas gave the Texas Medical Board (TMB) the full authority to suspend or revoke the medical licenses it grants to medical doctors (MDs) and to doctors of osteopathy (DOs). Any patient, colleague, insurance company, government agency, or even a police agency may submit a complaint about…

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Can State Medical Licensing Board Practices Affect The Mental Health of Physicians?

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Almost no one who has had to face and deal with mental health issues wants to share that information, especially with an employer or with a professional licensing board. However, state medical licensing boards ask a great many intimate questions about a doctor’s personal life. Understandably, medical licensing boards want…

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DEA Registration Compliance: A Practitioner’s Guide To Retaining Their Livelihood Through Controlled Substances

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The Drug Enforcement Administration (“DEA”) and the Center for Disease Control (“CDC”) have identified opioid drug abuse in the United States fastest growing health crises in the Nation.  In response, the DEA’s Diversion Control Program (“DCP”) has stepped up its efforts to revoke the ability of physicians to dispense controlled…

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Accused Of Drug Diversion Or Stealing Drugs? Here’s What To Do

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Controlled substance abuse and addiction is a devastating condition for those who suffer from it and for their loved ones. Drug diversion by nurses and other healthcare professionals is often linked to the stresses of the workplace, long shifts, fatigue, and insomnia combined with relatively easy access to controlled substances….

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When Is Prescribing Painkillers Considered A Crime?

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As the number of fatal overdoses linked to prescription painkillers has increased, so has the number of doctors who are facing criminal charges for overprescribing painkillers and other controlled medications. The issue gained attention several years ago when Michael Jackson’s doctor, Conrad Murray, was convicted of involuntary manslaughter in Jackson’s…

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What To Expect When Appearing Before The Texas Medical Board

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If you are a medical doctor in the state of Texas, and if a complaint is filed against you with the Texas Medical Board (TMB), you must respond swiftly and appropriately on your own behalf. Whether or not a complaint lodged against you has merit, your career and your entire…

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Can A DWI Affect Your Medical License?

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Around the globe, medical professionals are held to the highest professional and ethical standards by the other members of their own profession. That’s the reason why medical licensing boards are established – to enforce those standards. That’s also why, if you are a doctor or a nurse in the state…

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Postgraduate Medical Program Accreditation And Probation Status

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After completing postgraduate medical school, medical students graduate as new doctors who are ready to train for medical specialty areas such as family medicine, surgery, or radiology. These new doctors typically become the residents at teaching hospitals across the United States. As residents, these doctors are able to acquire from…